The Link Between Schools and Home Values: RI’s Top High Schools 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
"Families want to live in an area with a good school system," said Stephen Antoni, former President of the RI Association of Realtors, "particularly if they have school-age children, or are planning to, and they don't plan on sending them to private school."
Providence's ongoing challenges
For agents on Providence's East Side, this can affect buying patterns, said Leslie Kellogg, a sales associate at Residential Properties who lives on the East Side and has three children in the Providence public school system as well as private schools. "Schools, quality of life, taxes, and commutes are top concerns," she said. "Schools top the list - and when combined with high taxes in Providence, buyers often opt out of considering Providence or the East Side."
Kellogg pointed out, however, that recent reforms in elementary and middle school education, combined with the promise of Classical High School, may be nudging this pattern in a Providence-oriented direction. "Families are staying put on the East Side, and new families are moving here," she said, "because for the first time there is a high-quality public education path here."
Public schools matter to buyers without children
Statewide, strong public schools even matter to buyers who don't plan to use them. "School systems are even a factor for those without any children, because a good school system helps increase the resale value of a home," said Stephen Antoni. Residential Properties Sales Associate Katie Baker, who works in Cumberland, agreed. "A community's public school system really drives the location choice for most of the home-buying public," she said. "It's a reflection on future resale value."
While young families often focus short-term on neighborhood elementary schools, Baker sees the high school as the driving factor in decision-making. "The high school probably holds the most weight," she said. Antoni agreed. "They're important for a couple of reasons," he said. "Families understand that the more demanding a high school is, the better prepared their graduates will be for college. Many parents know that colleges rate high schools, so when kids are applying to college, they'll have better chances getting in if their high school does well in the college ratings."
"It's paramount in the decision on where to buy and live," said Coogan.
What do parents ask about local schools?
According to Realtors, they most often are asked about:
- Graduation rate
- How many grads go to college
- Student/teacher ratio
- What AP courses are offered
- What sports programs they have and how they do
- Test scores
- Class size
- How the bus routes work
For a printable version of RI's Top High Schools 2012, with the full chart of rankings and summaries of key articles, Download PDF
- The Top High Schools in Rhode Island 2012
- CHART: RI’s High Schools 2012, From #1 to #51
- Who Moved Up, Who Moved Down: RI’s Top High Schools 2012
- How We Got the Rankings: RI’s Top High Schools 2012
- RI’s #1 School 2012: East Greenwich High School
- RI’s #2 School 2012: Narragansett High School
- RI’s #3 School 2012: Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School
- RI’s #4 School 2012: South Kingstown High School
- RI’s #5 School 2012: Barrington High School
- RI’s #6 School 2012: Chariho Regional High School
- RI’s #7 School 2012: Westerly High School
- RI’s #8 School 2012: Portsmouth High School
- RI’s #9 School 2012: Scituate High School
- RI’s #10 School 2012: Classical High School
- Providence High Schools at the Bottom: RI’s Top High Schools 2012
- College Admissions: Why High School Rankings Matter to Colleges